Mental Health Conferences, Trainings, and Webinars

WEBINAR: “Kindness, Acceptance, and Inclusion in the Age of Covid-19.” October 27, 2021 at 3 pm

Sponsored by the Tompkins County Bullying Prevention Task Force. Presentation via Zoom by Bailey Huston, coordinator of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

  • Definition and dynamics of bullying
  • Roles students play
  • Types of bullying
  • What adults can do to help
  • Available resources

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TRAINING: “Suicide Safety for Teachers and School Staff.” November 16 & 17, 2021.

Sponsored by the Suicide Prevention Center of New York (NYS Office of Mental Health). Train-the-Trainer Workshop to become certified as a Suicide Safety for School Staff (SST) Trainer. Receive certification to facilitate a 60 to 90 minute in-person or virtual training that is designed to:

  • Review the importance of suicide prevention in schools
  • Describe the characteristics of an “at risk” student
  • Outline a school staff member’s critical but limited role and clarify a building level referral process
  • Provide information about community resources

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CONFERENCE: “Our Words Matter: Harnessing the Power of Communications to Advance Mental Health Equity.” October 6 & 13, 2021 (two-part series)

The Kennedy Forum’s virtual annual meeting brings together leaders in communications, media, advocacy, and activism to explore best practices and define a clear path forward for more thoughtful, accurate communications about mental health and addiction that will open minds, connect communities, and empower policymakers.

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SYMPOSIUM: “Aim for Zero: Suicide Care in Healthcare,” September 28-30, 2021

A three-day virtual symposium hosted by the Suicide Prevention Center of New York will bring together the leading suicide prevention experts to discuss the impact and importance of the Zero Suicide framework in healthcare systems, the importance of equity and inclusivity, and strategies for high impact healthcare outcomes, while highlighting cutting edge tools for implementation. Click here to learn more and to register.

WEBINAR: “Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Reduce Self Harm and Suicidality in Adolescent and Young Adult Male and Female Populations,” September 23, 2021

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) can be used effectively in outpatient and residential settings that treat self-harming behaviors and suicidality in children, adolescents, and young adults. In addition, DBT supports families that often struggle to identify ways to support their loved one’s recovery. During this free 60-minute webinar, Gillian C. Galen, PsyD, and Blaise Aguirre, MD, will investigate what makes DBT such an effective treatment.

Click here to register for this APA-sponsorfed webinar paid by McLean Hospital. McLean Hospital is a top-ranked, free-standing psychiatric hospital; a leader in psychiatric care, research and education; and the largest psychiatric hospital of Harvard Medical School.

CONFERENCE: “World Suicide Prevention Day Conference 2021,” September 10, 2021

Suicide prevention is complex work, pandemic or not.

This conference will gather researchers, clinicians, public health professionals, leaders and peers to discuss strengthening our work through human connectedness and other tools along the pathway of care. As we leave social distancing behind (for now), we face soaring mental health concerns and disturbing levels of suicidal thought and behavior.

Our purpose on Sept. 10 is to prepare ourselves to better support those among us who are thinking about suicide, so they may move instead toward recovery and healing.

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Forefront Suicide Prevention


Thomas Joiner, Ph.D., Florida State University, will discuss assessing and intervening in suicide risk during uncertain times, as well as the implications of COVID, suicide, and connectedness.

David Klonsky, Ph.D., University of British Columbia, will  focus on his Three-Step Theory of suicide, which examines the conditions under suicidal ideation develops, intensifies and transitions to potentially lethal suicide attempts. He will also explore the role of connectedness as a key protective factor.

Rep. Tina Orwall, M.S.W., and Sen. Manka Dhingra, J.D., will explain plans for the July 2022 transition to 988 and an enhanced crisis response system, as well as the skills clinicians will need to fully prepare themselves for this sea change. Joining them will be Vicki Lowe, American Indian Health Commission of Washington, and Abraham Dairi, a Washington resident with lived experience.

Jeffrey Sung, Ph.D., University of Washington, and Brett Bass, Safer Homes, Suicide Aware, will explore certain values, beliefs and practices of firearms owners as vital background for clinicians and health care providers to effectively communicate  the importance of lethal means safety. Topher Jerome, a leader in Washington’s peer support movement, will describe his years of experience in several projects and capacities, using the common ground of story and connectedness to help prevent suicide.

CONVENTION: “APA2021 VIRTUAL,” August 12-14, 2021

APA2021 is the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. It will feature three days of scheduled interactive and live sessions — and more than 1,000 on-demand presentations that are available for three months. There will also be several days of pre-convention events including CE Workshops, a virtual job fair, and special live sessions for students.

Registration costs: APA member $120 full-time student $75 nonmember $190; APA 2021 registration includes free CE credits for select virtual CE Sessions (1- and 2-hour) that meet Continuing Education criteria; and 3 months of unlimited on-demand access to all sessions and posters.

Main Stage Sessions:

“Making the Most of a New Way to Work”

“The Entertainment Industry and Psychology: Changing the Way We Think About Mental Health”

“Fighting Misinformation with Psychological Science”

“Critical Conversations: Finding the Courage to Discuss and Dismantle Racism”

“The Science of Bouncing Back from Adversity”“Speaking of Psychology LIVE”

WEBINAR: “An Update on the Latest Treatment Strategies for Suicidal Adolescents and Parents/Caregivers,” August 11, 2021

Anthony Spirito, PhD, ABPP, professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, will overview the role of substance use in adolescent suicidal behaviors. He will describe the core treatment techniques for suicidal adolescents that cut across evidence-based practices with the strongest data, including those that integrate substance use treatment strategies for suicidal adolescents and their parents/caregivers. Presented in partnership with Jaspr Health and Portland DBT Institute/ Attendees can receive 1.5 hours of NBCC Credit through Portland DBT Institute for this event.

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SUMMIT: “2021 Suicide Prevention Summit,” July 24-25, 2021

Mental Health Academy, American Counseling Association, and American Association of Suicidology host the 2021 Suicide Prevention Summit. The purpose of this Summit is to equip practicing mental health professionals with the most up-to-date, advanced knowledge and treatment options on suicide prevention. The summit features 10 experts on suicide. Over July 24-25, registrants have free access to all summit sessions, live (via online webinar); and will have on-demand streaming access to video recordings until the end of September.

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[UPDATE 7/31/21: Register retroactively for the Summit at Recordings and PDFs of all the presentations are available until the end of September 2021]

Summit Sessions:

“Innovation in Men’s Mental Health: Using Humor, Media and Digital Engagement to Promote Mental Health and Prevent Suicide for High Risk Men,” by Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D.

“A Strengths-based Approach to Suicide Assessment and Treatment,” by Prof. John Sommers-Flanagan, Ph.D.

“Managing Hopelessness, Helplessness and Despair with our Younger Clients,” by Bonnie Goldstein, Ph.D.

“Planning for Safety and Post-traumatic Growth,” by DeQuincy Lezine, Ph.D.

“Perception is Everything: Stigma, Mental Health, & Suicide in Historically Marginalized Communities,” by Victor Armstrong

“Rethinking Suicide: Implications for Military Personnel and Veterans,” by Prof. Craig Bryan, Psy.D.

“Contemporary Clinical Suicide Prevention,” by Prof. David A. Jobes, Ph.D.

“Creating a Suicide-safe Culture with Zero Suicide,” by Wykisha McKinney

“Addressing Youth Depression and Suicidal Ideation in a Post- Pandemic World,” by Prof. Cirecie West-Olatunji

“Psychosocial Interventions for Suicidal Youth and their Families,” by A/Prof. Jonathan Singer, Ph.D.

TRAINING: “Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention,” August 11, 2021 12 Noon-1 pm

Talk Saves Lives is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Participants will learn common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide, and how to keep themselves and others safe. A Zoom link will be sent 1-2 days prior to the presentation date. Participants must be 18 years and older. Hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Northeastern Division, and presented by Karen Heisig, Associate Area Director. For information, contact Karen Heisig at

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TRAINING: Counseling on Access to Lethal Means(CALM)

Course from Educational Development Center’s Zero Suicide platform on how to reduce access to the methods people use to kill themselves. It covers who needs lethal means counseling and how to work with people at risk for suicide—and their families—to reduce access.

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TRAINING: Preventing Suicide in Emergency Departments

Course from Educational Development Center’s Zero Suicide platform on how to conduct screening, assessment, and brief interventions, such as safety planning and lethal means counseling. It also addresses patient-centered care for patients with suicide risk, patient safety during the ED visit, and incorporating suicide prevention into discharge planning

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TRAINING: New York State Office of Mental Health

New York State provides a variety of evidence-based trainings, workshops, online learning modules, and resources to meet the specific needs of clinicians, other health care workers, community members, and school staff.

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